Frequent questions (FAQ)
- 1.1 Why do we add hydrolised chicken protein to dry food and what is it?
- 1.2 Why do we add fish meal to our products?
- 1.3 Why does husse dry food contain salt?
- 1.4 Does husse dry food contain glucose or glucose syrup?
- 1.5 Does husse food contain Choline chloride? If yes is it organic?
- 1.6 What to do when switch dog from one pet food brand to Husse dry food?
2.0 Dog related
- 2.1 Do we add something to dog food to prevent bad smell of stool?
- 2.2 Is Senior suitable for dogs of all sizes?
- 2.3 What can we recommend for dogs with terrible wind?
3.0 Cat related
- 3.1 Do we add something to cat food to prevent bad smell of stool?
- 3.2 Can minerals in cat food cause kidney stones?
- 3.3 Why is Katt Urinary not suitable for kittens or pregnant cats?
- These FAQs are intended to provide useful information for our Husse fans. We welcome people to understand our products better so that they can have a piece of mind feeding their beloved pets; like a family usually do. As a loving pet owner, you know, of course, that the quality of their lives depends, not just on your love and care, but also on the food that they eat. That food is defined by the quality and mix of its ingredients and the quality of the production management.
1.1 Why do we add hydrolised chicken protein to dry food and what is it?
- The hydrolised chicken protein is only present in small amounts sprayed at the surface of the product to improve palatability. As these proteins are completely hydrolised (which means that they are cut in very small parts by an enzymatic reaction), they lose their properties as allergen (which means that the body immune system cannot longer recognize these proteins as chicken proteins so that even dogs allergic to chicken will not have allergic reactions to this proteins. Because of this we can add hydrolised chicken protein also to food like Lamm&Ris (coming soon) and Lax&Ris (coming soon) - that are suitable for allergic dogs.
1.2 Why do we add fish meal to our products?
- Adding fish meal provides a high quality source of omega 3 fatty acids: these essential fatty acids are indicated in the case of allergies because of their anti-inflammatory properties.
1.3 Why does husse dry food contain salt?
- Salt is needed as source of sodium and chloride, two essential nutrients necessary for the water househouding in the body. These electrolytes regulate if the osmolarity in the body tissues. Dogs can receive too much salt, but this is very unlikely with industrial petfood. Also the combination of meat and dry food does not cause problems concerning salt. The Husse products contain optimum salt concentrations that insure sufficient intake of sodium and chloride, and also give optimal taste and water intake: salt does indeed influence taste of the food as well as water intake. The used dosages in husse dry food are safe and far below the salt levels which could interfere with optimal health.
1.4 Does husse dry food contain glucose or glucose syrup?
- No, we do not use this kind of products.
1.5 Does husse food contain Choline chloride? If yes is it organic?
- cholin chlorid = choline = an essential B-vitamin:
* should always be present in dog food
* is a EC authorised additif used in all our dog and cat food
* is always organic (inorganic means mineral origin, which is not relevant for vitamins)
* cholin chloride is a synthetic additive just like most other vitamins
1.6 What to do when switch dog from one pet food brand to Husse dry food?
- Try to mix the foods during a transition period of at least 1 week dogs because sometimes need some time before they get used to the new taste.
2.1 Do we add something to dog food to prevent bad smell of stool?
- In dog food the eventual smell of stool is not an item. Dogs go outside. An possible problem in dogs could be flatulence. The dog's feeding habits may effectively cause flatulence. For example, this may occur when the animal wolfs down its food, getting too much air in the process or when the chunks are insufficiently masticated, thereby ending up in the stomach unreduced. In addition, fresh meat and inferior quality meat are also often at the root of flatulence which, at worst, may even prompt diarrhea.
- Preventive steps include: serving larger-sized chunks forcing the dog to chew its food to better effect; offering several meals a day to counteract scoffing and to put less of a strain on the stomach; making sure the dog is able to eat its food peacefully, i.e. avoid having other dogs or cats around to rule out the element of competition; allowing the dog to rest after the meal as stress and agitation only serve to slow down the emptying of the stomach; serving super premium food as this allows your dog to eat less of rations which are more digestible. If none of the above advice is able to redress your dog's flatulence problem, we would suggest you go and see your vet to have your animal examined for any intestinal disorders.
2.2 Is Senior suitable for dogs of all sizes?
The Husse Senior is indeed suitable for all dog sizes. In fact, during aging, the nutritional requirements change in the same way for all breeds:
* Older dogs often have reduced renal function: this is why the protein content is kept low.
* As the activity of older dogs is lower, also the energy and fat content of the food is reduced.
* The senior also contains chondroitin and glucosamin as older dogs often have joint disease.
2.3 What can we recommend for dogs with terrible wind?
Some dogs have a very sensitive digestion and produce winds when some less digestible ingredients are fed. In this case, only the Husse Super Premium products should be advised.
3.1 Do we add something to cat food to prevent bad smell of stool?
To cat food we add yucca extract (this is natural extract, has no negative effects. It does the following: Yucca saponins have ammonia-binding activity. When added to the diet, yucca saponins pass through the digestive tract unabsorbed and are excreted in the feces. In the excreta, the yucca components bind to ammonia and certain other odiferous compounds and prevent them from being released into the air. Cats have their cat litter box indoor and thus smell of stool is an item.
3.2 Can minerals in cat food cause kidney stones?
Concerning the influence of minerals on FUS (Feline Urologic Syndrome = mineral precipitation in the urinary tract of cats): Not all minerals contribute to the formation of stones: only Phosphor and Magnesium are a part of the struvite stones and should be limited. Increasing sodium content reduces the risk of bladder stones as this stimulates the water intake and dilutes the concentration of the precipitating minerals. Potassium (= Kalium) has a protective effect on the kidneys: recent studies demonstrated that potassium should be increased in acidifying diets. The most important factor in the prevention of FUS: the acidity of the urine. Petfood producers should formulate the diets so that they cause a slightly acid pH. (in nature, animal proteins cause a acid urine, cheap catfood with vegetable proteins causes an alcalic urine which causes precipitation of the minerals. The Husse catfood contain high amounts of animal proteins and sulfur containing amino acids which cause an optimal pH (acidity) of the urine: this prevents the precipitation of minerals. In our Pet Research Centre, we regularly controll the pH of the urine.
3.3 Why is Katt Urinary not suitable for kittens or pregnant cats?
Cat urinary is not suitable for pregnant cats and kittens because of the low content of Calcium, Phosphorus and Magnesium.
Ca, P and Mg are important factors for growth of embryos and young animals. Cat urinary will not contain enough of those minerals for youngsters.
Ca, P and Mg have to be as low as possible in cat urinary to help preventing the formation of bladder stones in cats suffering from that kind of problems.